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Know your rights

Any citizen of the Union and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State has the right to petition the European Parliament.

This right is enshrined in article 44 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

    What to do if your rights have been breached

    The authorities of EU countries are bound to comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights only when implementing EU law. Fundamental rights are protected by your country's constitution.

    What the Commission is doing to protect your rights


    The right of petition is embodied in

    Articles 20 and 24 of the Treaty of the functioning of the EU 
    Article 44 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights


    4 MAY 2017
    EU Charter of Fundamental Rights infograph - where to go in case of breach?
    (289.74 KB - PDF)